A life dedicated to service...

Week 41: Dying with care

“Our mission is to help change the experience of dying and care-giving. We create space for living that offers the opportunity for individuals, their loved ones and caregivers to find comfort, connection, and healing in this shared human experience. Through our pioneering model of care, we inspire each other to live fully.” San Francisco Zen Hospice

In 1987, Frank Ostaseski co-founded of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide educational programs and professional training that foster compassionate, mindfulness-based care. I completed the year-long End-of-Life Practitioner program in 2006. Since then, countless beings have trusted me to accompany them — and their loved ones — a few steps along the path. For that I’m deeply grateful. Thank you, Frank, and all your Relations.

Bill Moyers of PBS produced a 3-part series on the Zen Hospice Project.  As you watch (just under 12 minutes) what touches you? What speaks to your heart’s desire? How would you like to be cared for? 

photo of the hospice entrance: www.flickr.com/photos/clairebidwellsmith/14562371098/

About the Author
Peter lives in Victoria, BC, where he volunteers in health-care and teaches mindfulness meditation.
  1. misha gitberg Reply

    Thanks Peter,
    great documentary!
    for me the words: spending time with the desease not the person- stood out-
    so true!
    also made me realize how “spared” we are from the sigts of dying-
    waisted away flesh, white pallor- signs of death we can only tolerate in grotesque forms at Halloween..
    with gratitude,
    Misha

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